This easy Hot Cocoa recipe is rich and creamy and will warm your soul. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make a cup of homemade hot cocoa.
Why I love this Hot Cocoa recipe:
- Delicious – This creamy hot cocoa recipe is so much better than any of the powdered mixes you’ll find at the store. You will never buy another one again!
- 10 Minutes – Such a simple and quick recipe, only using one pot!
- Ingredient Control: most powdered hot chocolate mixes from the store are actually “hot cocoa” (they’re made with cocoa powder, rather than real chocolate), and they’re full of strange ingredients. I love knowing, and controlling, exactly what is in my hot cocoa!
How to make Hot Cocoa:
Combine cocoa powder and sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add a dash of salt and the boiling water. Bring mixture to a slow boil, stirring continuously. Simmer for 2 minutes.
Add Milk: Stir in milk and heat until very hot, but not boiling! Remove from heat then add vanilla.
Serve: Divide between four mugs then add the half and half. Let it cool to drinking temperature then top with whipped cream, if desired. Enjoy!
More Holiday Drinks:
- Homemade Eggnog
- Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider
- Homemade Sparkling Apple Cider
- Sparkling Cranberry Apple Punch
- Frozen Hot Chocolate
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- Combine the cocoa and sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add a dash of salt and the boiling water.
- Bring to a slow boil, stirring continuously. Once boiling, turn down to a simmer and stir continually for 2 minutes.
- Stir in 3 ½ cups milk and heat until very hot, but not boiling. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs.
- Serve: Add another splash of milk to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature, if desired. Top with whipped cream.
- Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Rewarm on the stove over low heat, stirring frequently.
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I originally shared this recipe November 2013. Updated November 2019 and February 2024.
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